Spirituality Sunday — Maximizing Your Strengths (Part II)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Personal strengths and weaknesses (Adapted for Rosemary Bardsley 2009, 2014)
Personal strengths and weaknesses come closer to the area of ‘temperament’ or ‘personality’, but do not fully equate with these. Here you should be looking at the question: What kind of person am I?
Happy, sad, courageous, timid, helpful, thoughtful, compassionate, optimistic, pessimistic, funny, quiet, serious, studious, active, sporty, creative, academic, musical, relaxed, energetic, morose, grumpy, etc
It also includes what you are good at or not good at, what you can do or can’t do:
Art, business, building, cooking, design, writing, music, talking, helping, computers, nursing, and so on.
Why are you looking at these things? Because knowing your strengths and weaknesses will help you to:
·        Have a realistic expectation of yourself and how you can serve    God
·         Have a realistic perception of what you can and cannot do
·    Understand why you don’t feel comfortable in some tasks or     roles
·       Further develop your strengths
·   Have a good attitude to your areas of weakness – developing coping skills where appropriate, changing where appropriate, and accepting yourself where appropriate
·    Recognizing which strengths and weaknesses wrongly applied or expressed have the potential to become moral weaknesses [or sins].
·      Recruit others for tasks in which they excel but you don’t

Your ability to live for God and serve God will have a lot to do with how you relate to your personal weaknesses.
Relational strengths and weaknesses

Relational strengths and weaknesses refer to how well you cope with or relate to other people. Again, this has some relationship with personality and temperament, but is not entirely the same. Questions your are looking at here include:
·         Do you find it easy or difficult to initiate a conversation with a    stranger?
·         Do you find it easy or difficult to initiate a conversation with a    friend?
·         Do you find it easy or difficult to make friends?
·         Are you afraid of people generally?
·         Are you trusting or suspicious of people?
·         Do you love or hate being surrounded by a crowd?
·         Do you love or hate being alone?
·         Do you need people or can we get along without them?
·         Do you depend on people for your self-esteem?
·         Do you use people for your personal advantage?
·         Are you careful to maintain confidentiality?
·         Can people trust you?
·         Do you love people to come to your house?
·         Do you find it easy to contribute to a group conversation?
·         Once you have a friendship do you sustain it, damage it, or    drop it?
·         Are you forgiving or do you hold grudges?
·         Do you find it easier to relate to some people more than        others?
·         Do you love your enemies or just your friends?
·         Do you avoid people?

Spirituality and service is largely to do with people. Relationships cannot be avoided. People are the number two priority on your ‘to do list’ given by God [the first priority is GOD himself]. It was people that Jesus came to seek and to save; it was people for whom he died. Relationships are therefore extremely important for all Christians, and in particular for Christians serving in the church and community.
Are you more familiar with your spiritual strengths and weaknesses than you were last week? 

Strengths Spotting

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